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Help with childcare, gardening and maintenance in beautiful Buttevant, Ireland

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  • Last activity: 07/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Looking for help from January.

    Our beautiful historic house is just outside Buttevant Town with ten acres of grounds to include a cottage which we are currently renovating. We love welcoming people from all over the world who are interested in learning about Irish culture.

    We are a young couple with a two year old girl Imogen and eight month old baby, Teddy. James is a businessman, diy enthusiast, cottage restorer, chief cookie and bonfire maker. He likes sports, the gym and learning new skills. He will teach you 'cupla focail' and some general diy skills.

    I am an Artist and I work from home in my studio at the front of the house. I love hiking, painting and learning about other cultures. l may even paint your portrait. I have painted each of my workawayers so far.

    Imogen and Teddy are lovely children who love playing, chatting, walks, eating, songs and lots of attention.

    Our house is a five minute walk to the medieval town of Buttevant and the popular tourist village of Doneraile is 6km. If you like hikes, the Ballyhoura mountains are nearby.

    Your English will improve through chats and you will meet our wonderful friends. If you wish to explore yourself, the bus connections from Buttevant are excellent. We have an hourly bus connection to Cork, Limerick and Galway cities which is 5 minutes walk from the house.

    A genuine love of children and a positive attitude is essential for this role. As it is a busy household with two small children, we need someone energetic and fun who genuinely wants to help us with what we need help with.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am an Artist. I paint portraits, still lifes and plein air painting and if you are interested in art it is a nice environment to be part of. Many of our friends that we have met through workaway have been painted.

    This would be a wonderful experience to develop your English as we are both friendly and love conversation. It is also a good opportunity to see life in a small Irish town.

    The house is beautiful and the grounds are extensive and lovely to work in. We are doing up a old cottage for let, you would practice renovation and maintenance skills.

    Buttevant is also a good base to explore Ireland as it has good public transport connections in 5 minute walking distance from house.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We would like help for five hours, 5 days a week

    Helping with Imogen and Teddy while I paint in my studio. They love playing with toys, walks, baking, chats and art. We are interested in workawayers who love and have experience with children.

    Other help would include cleaning the house such as vacuuming, washing floors and windows, chopping and bringing in timber, weeding, painting and mowing the lawn. Experience not necessary but a strong work ethic and ability to work independently and creatively figuring things out yourself preferred.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Irish: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Private bedroom, bathroom for workawayers use only. Breakfast and lunch, you fend for yourself, I always have lots of cereal, eggs, cheese, fruits and homemade bread in the house. We take turns cooking dinner and clearing up.

    James has recently been diagnosed with a gluten allergy. Everyone else in the house still eats bread/gluten for breakfast and lunch. However, we can no longer accept vegetarians as we cook our evening meal gluten free and we find it too limiting to be vegetarian also.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are so close to public transport, on your days off it would be a lovely opportunity to discover Ireland yourself.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 183515881731

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